The Galapagos Deluxe Tours are designed for travelers who love comfort and service. The hotels are first class and the excursions all include an English speaking guide. You have all transportation arranged (even a flight between San Cristobal and Isabela). HIGHLIGHTS- Kicker Rock: Snorkeling with friendly sharks.- Los Tuneles: Snorkel in the clear waters and swim with a lot of different animal species.- Santa Cruz highlands: Walk a around giant tortoises in their natural habitat.- Charles Darwin Research Station: Known for its turtles, born from 3 inches to 4 feet long.- Playa Mann: Snorkel and enjoy beach time watching the sea lions around you.
ItineraryDay 1: SAN CRISTOBAL – INTERPRETATION CENTER – PLAYA MANNStop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsLearn about the islands, evolution of their species, fauna, migration, and how humans came to live here. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Playa Mann, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsFirst contact with the waterDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Hotel Galapagos Sunset or similarDay 2: Kicker rockStop At: Kicker Rock, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsAfter breakfast, you go by boat to snorkel at the famous Kicker Rock, one of the most spectacular landmarks in the Galapagos Islands. Two volcanic rocks of 140 meters tall, located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. When viewed from the south the rocks look like a sleeping lion, which is why the Spanish name is León Dormido (sleeping lion). From another side it looks more like a boot, hence the English name: Kicker Rock. This magnificent tiny island is the favorite place for an array of marine birds. The natural erosion of this ancient cone has created a channel between the rocks that provides the ideal habitat to view a variety of sharks and rays including eagle rays, white-tip reef sharks, and sometimes even the Galapagos shark and hammerheads! In the afternoon you go back to the hotel.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Box lunch providedAccommodation included: Hotel Galapagos Sunset or similarDay 3: FLIGHT ISABELA – SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELESStop At: Los Tuneles, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsEarly in the morning, you will go on a 30 to 40 minute flight to Isabela. After that you take a boat ride from Puerto Villamil. Max group size is 10 pax. The unique lava formations and calm water make Los Tuneles the best site to snorkel in Isabela Island. You will get the chance to spot a wide array of sea birds, marine wildlife, penguins, and the ever playful sea lions. The activity takes about 6 hours. You can also choose to explore Concha Perla by yourself before or after snorkelingDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel Casita de la Playa (Junior Suite) or similarDay 4: SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATIONStop At: Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsAt 06:00 AM you will take the public speedboat to Santa Cruz Island where you’ll have breakfast. After this you go to the highlands of Santa Cruz where you will visit a ranch with giant tortoises in their natural habitat. You will also visit the Twin Craters. They are located opposite to each other and are similar to craters. However, the name is only figurative. These formations were created by the collapse of surface material due to lava flows. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsYou have a local lunch. In the afternoon you’ll visit the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station. You stay in a deluxe hotel in Puerto Ayora; Hotel Ikala. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Hotel Ikala or similarDay 5: TRANSFER OUTStop At: Baltra AirportAfter breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport. The tour will end upon arrival to the airport where you will depart to Quito or Guayaquil.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.